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servant to take over Adoption Board reins
Conall O Fátharta, Irish Examiner
Examiner, Thursday, August 12, 2010
TOP civil servant has been drafted in to take over the running of the
Adoption Board following the sudden departure of the chief executive
Office of the Minister for Children confirmed that the duties of chief
executive of the board had been "temporarily" taken over by
director-general of the department Mary Doyle.
John Collins left the post of chief executive of the Adoption Board at
the beginning of July. He has transferred to the Department of
Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Mr Collins was appointed to the Adoption Board in 2004 and acted as the
first chief executive of the authority. His permanent replacement has
yet to be announced by Minister for Children Barry Andrews.
A statement by the Office of the Minister of Children read: "Mr
Collins left the position at the start of July. There was no specific
reason for Mr Collins leaving his post. The transfer to a new department
was of a routine nature.
"An announcement of a replacement will be made at the time of
appointment. The replacement process is taking place in the context of
the establishment of the new Adoption Authority of Ireland, provided for
in the Adoption Act, 2010."
The Adoption Board will soon be abolished and replaced by an Adoption
Authority under the recently passed Adoption Act. The act will come into
effect in November.
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